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Do any of your havs "track"?

It is so funny, all of a sudden we will see Lizzie motoring down the hallway with her nose to the floor. She can be tracking one of the cats or the kids. When we are outside she is always following her nose, too.

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ALWAYS! Picasso tracks rabbits in the yard, birds at the beach. His nose is always to the ground! I think he's part Coon Hound!

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ALWAYS! Picasso tracks rabbits in the yard, birds at the beach. His nose is always to the ground! I think he's part Coon Hound!
my sentiments too. Molly is always sniffing for the bunny when she goes out. I've looked out the window watching the bunny and then have taken Molly out to track him down. Scent is the most used sense in our dogs. Amazes me what they can do.

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Luci is a scent tracker also. It causes problems when we walk so I now use a harness so that I am not holding her head up by her throat! My son (Labrador Retrievers) was amazed at her interest in retrieving. She has a "soft mouth" too. Last summer I had her drop a bird she had caught and it flew away unharmed. These dogs must have an interesting genetic history. They were bred for companionship but in that little package comes lots more!
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Smokey and Sissy are too.....mostly birds...
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It is funny (odd) this subject comes up today. I was so annoyed with Augie today. If there is a scent to follow, there is NO way to discourage him from following it, nose to the ground, zig-zagging all over. There are many different animals that have access to the area where we take him out to potty. And, of course, the days he decides he is going to follow the scents all over the place and forget he is supposed to be going potty, are the days there is a cool breeze and I have forgotten to slip a jacket on. Grrrrrrr. Aren't there some kind of training activities one can participate in with the pups for tracking? It might be fun to check out. I think these guys may have skills not usually associated with Havs?? I have threatened to smear Vicks Vaporub on his nose (just kidding) so he can't smell the scents on the ground!

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It definitely seems like a natural trait.

It makes me nervous in the house with a 5 month old, though. She may be tracking something, or she may be looking for a place to pee - I'm not taking my chances.

But yeah, on walks I'll see her zig zagging around. Stopping at a bush or patch of grass and sniffing with incredible focus. I love running through the grass with her, and every once in a while she will stop dead. When I walk up to her I find a bird feather (which kind of freaks me out with all the diseases they can carry, but that's another story).

Earlier tonight I tried playing "hide the treat" with her for the first time. She eventually found the treat both times without any hints from daddy, but I think it's a hard game to teach.
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Funny that this came up now, cause the robins are now starting to populate my back yard and every single route that they "hop" my guys track! I always know when an animal has been in the back yard cause my guys track the scent and then try to follow their route out. It seems that I have lots of little animals who come and go thru the lattice under my deck

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I agree. The lattice by the deck is a very popular spot in our yard! Havee gets so side tracked when he goes out to potty...nose to the ground all the time. I'm thankful we stared with the phrase "go potty" when he was a puppy. It always gets him back on track to do his business.

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Whimsy tracks any critter that has walked thro the backyard..and we have plenty!

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